I live in Orange County Texas located in lower southeast Texas. I do not have bees, but I want to get started. I have not been able to locate any beekeepers in my area to visit with prior to making the plunge. I have read two books and I understand the mechanics of getting started but I do not know the basics such as can I start a hive now (early April) or is there a better time of the year. After a hive is started and gets strong can you collect honey more than one time per year? Do the hives live through the winter in our rather temperate climate or do you start over every year? These are some of the questions I would like to discuss with someone. If anyone can she some light let me know.